Alan Page was appointed Professor of Public Law in 1985. He was previously a senior lecturer in the Department of Public Law (1981-85), and a lecturer at the Universities of Wales Cardiff (1975-80) and Westminster (1974-75).
He was Deputy Principal, Research Governance (2011-2015) and Dean of the School of Law (2006-15), having previously been Head of the Department of Law (2004-2006 and 1985-95), Dean of the Faculty of Law (1986-89) and Head of the Department of Public Law (1981-86).
He has acted as a specialist adviser - to the Scottish Parliament's Scotland Bill Committee (2010-11), European and External Relations Committee, (2005-07) and Subordinate Legislation Committee (2004-06), the House of Lords and House of Commons Joint Committee on Financial Services and Markets (1998-99), and the House of Commons Select Committee on Scottish Affairs (1993-97); to the London Stock Exchange (1992-93) where he was responsible for rewriting the rules of the Exchange; and to the European Union, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights , and the United Nations in respect of many of the 'transition' countries of central and eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.
He was a member of the Tax Law Review Committee (1994-2004) and the Scottish Law Commission's Advisory Group on the Law of the Foreshore and Seabed (2000-03); and the Scottish Higher Education Funding Council's Lead Assessor in Law (1995-96).
He is an Honorary Fellow of the Society of Advanced Legal Studies.
Undergraduate:- Constitutional Law, Administrative Law, EU law
I offer postgraduate supervision in the fields of constitutional law, including comparative constitutional law, law making, regulation, and the role of law in transitional countries.
He has published extensively in the fields of public law, EU law and financial services law. His book The Executive in the Constitution: Structure, Autonomy and Internal Control (OUP 1999) (with Terence Daintith), offered the first constitutional and legal analysis of the inner workings of executive government for many years. Based on research undertaken within the framework of the ESRC's Whitehall programme, it showed how the executive's own mechanisms of control are no less crucial a dimension of the constitutional order than the more familiar external machinery of democratic and legal control - which can only be effective if the executive can control itself.
His previous book, Investor Protection (Weidenfeld and Nicolson 1992) (with Robert Ferguson) offered the first comprehensive account of the regulation of the savings and investment industry in the United Kingdom.
His most recent book, Constitutional Law of Scotland (W Green 2015), published under the auspices of the Scottish Universities Law Institute, provides the first complete account of the constitutional law and governance of Scotland since devolution and the historic referendum on Scottish independence.
'The Scottish Independence Referendum' Teoria y Realidad Constitucional, no. 37, pp. 437-448.
The Scottish Independence Referendum: Constitutional and Political Implications. Oxford University Press, Oxford.
The Referendum Debate, the Democratic Deficit and the Governance of Scotland. in A Mc Harg, T Mullen, A Page & N Walker (eds), The Scottish Independence Referendum: Constitutional and Political Implications. Oxford University Press, Oxford , pp. 277-294.
The implications of EU withdrawal for the devolution settlement.
Constitutional law of Scotland. W. Green, Edinburgh.
'The Smith Commission and further powers for the Scottish Parliament' Edinburgh Law Review, vol 19, no. 2, pp. 234-239. DOI:
'The judicial review caseload: An Anglo-Scottish comparison' Juridical Review: the Law Journal of the Scottish Universities, vol 4, pp. 337-352.
A Parliament that is different? The law-making process in the Scottish Parliament. in EE Sutherland, KE Goodall, GFM Little & FP Davidson (eds), Law making and the Scottish Parliament: the early years. Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh, pp. 9-31. DOI:
'Final appellate jurisdiction in the Scottish legal system: the end of the anomaly?' Edinburgh Law Review, vol 14, no. 2, pp. 269-273. DOI:
One legal system, two legislatures: Scottish law-making after devolution. in A Mc Harg & T Mullen (eds), Public law in Scotland. Avizandum Publishing, pp. 110-130.
Balancing supremacy: EU membership and the constitution. in P Giddings & G Drewry (eds), Britain in the European Union: law, policy and Parliament.. Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 37-59.
'Scotland's other parliament: Westminster legislation about devolved matters in Scotland since devolution' Public Law, no. Autumn 2002, pp. 501-523.
Constitutionalism, judicial review and "the evident utility of the subjects within Scotland". in L Farmer & S Veitch (eds), The state of Scots law: law and government after the devolution settlement. Butterworths, pp. 11-25.
Regulating the regulator : a lawyer's perspective on accountability and control. in E Ferran & CAE Goodhart (eds), Regulating financial services and markets in the twenty first century. Hart Publishing, pp. 127-149.
Internal control in the executive and its constitutional significance. in RAW Rhodes (ed.), Transforming British government, volume 1: Changing institutions. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke.
A guide to the Scotland Act 1998. Butterworths, Edinburgh.
The executive in the constitution: structure, autonomy and internal control. Oxford University Press.
The Citizen's Charter and administrative justice. in M Harris & M Partington (eds), Administrative justice in the 21st century. Hart Publishing, Oxford, pp. 85-98, International Conference on Administrative Justice, Bristol, United Kingdom, 26-28 November.
Investor protection. Law in context, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, London .
Legislation. Sweet & Maxwell.
Offshore contracting in the North Sea. University of Dundee, Centre for Petroleum and Mineral Law Studies.